Blog

My Favorite GOSH Products !

Hello dolls, hope you are all doing well ! Its good to be back to keep writing some posts finally. Being a beauty addict ,I have a list of my top five beauty brands , and GOSH are always up there.  GOSH is  a high quality, cruelty free, beautiful brand that keep their prices consistently fair. 

Every time  when my  box of goodies arrive, I am  always  over the moon! There are so many products we need to talk about today. I’ll try not to ramble on too much, but do forgive me if I do because I am SO, so happy with the selection!

Let’s start with my favorites; the absolutely wonderful selection of products.

GOSH My Favorite Mascara 

Mascara is a very personal thing and it is always an essential for a beauty lover like me. I honestly prefer Mascara more than the fake lashes ! My Favorite Mascara is designed to be an everyday mascara, giving a natural, healthy look to the lashes. This mascara is infused with oak extract to nourish the lashes, which can become brittle with everyday makeup wear. The fiber brush is designed to catch every lash, while separating and giving an lengthened look. What’s more, My Favorite Mascara is designed to be removed with just warm water (38 degrees).

GOSH Lumi Drops Illuminating Highlighter

If a radiant glow is the look you’re going for then the GOSH Lumi drops Illuminating highlighter  is just the product for you! The light reflecting pigments  are incredibly fine, giving a beautiful sheen to the skin rather than glitter on the face. The highlighter  shade is sheer but can be built up easily and gives the most beautiful glow. The highlighter is easy to dispense from the dropper, has a lightweight feel and blends beautifully.

GOSH Primer Plus + Skin Adaptor

This is one of the best product for pairing down your makeup routine. This products looks like a foundation with the feel of a tinted moisturizer, while also containing primer properties. Its an universal tone that would suit all the skin. The magic is, when you warm them between your fingers and apply, they change the color and adapt to your skin . The oak extract in this product contains antioxidants, which moisturize and smooth the skin.

GOSH Banana Powder

When in doubt, choose Gosh Banana Powder, a shade that works on most skin tone and will become your holy grail. This banana powder is specially formulated to absorb excess oil and soften the appearance of pores. The truth is that , this powder works well on just about every skin tone and gives a gorgeous finish. It also sets the concealer very well. Overall a great product even for sensitive skin.

GOSH Strobe ‘N’Glow Kit

The Gosh Strobe ‘N Glow Kit comes with four different highlighter powders and GOSH claims it to be a  4-in-1 highlight and blush palette.  When applied to the skin they blend well and tend to have that glow from within appearance.

The palette itself contains four very different shades. These include a white/gold, a true gold, a bronze and a lavender highlighter . The lavender shade in the palette could be considered as a blush tone. These highlighters would suit all skin tones and I think would be a great addition to any makeup collection.

GOSH 24 h Pro Liner

This is a wax based liner that’s been designed to last for up to 24 hours, is waterproof, is perfume and paragon free and has a smudge on the end to create different looks. The shades are really pigmented too! I was really impressed with how dark the Black shade comes out.

GOSH Soft Matte Lipsticks 

I’ve raved about GOSH lipsticks FOREVER, they’re simply my favorite. The creamy formula ensures this lipstick applies smoothly and super easily, giving an even and intense colour result. They last for hours without budging and leave lips nourished and soft even with this matte range. You definitely need to try their lipstick range, they just excel in quality, which is amazing.

 

gosh highlight
In this picture, I have used Gosh Primer Plus Adaptor skin Primer , Banana powder , Strobe ‘n’ Glow Kit.

What are you excited about the GOSH collection ? You can definitely check their products at Lifestyle Gulf, Center point stores , Boots & Binsina Pharmacies.

You can also follow on Instgram : @GoshArabia and tag them at #gosharabia.

loads of love,

xoxo

priya

 

Advertisements

Back to School

Hello everyone, today Im coming up with an exciting article, of sharing some of the best tips for the parents and the childrens. I would like to share some of my personal tips that I follow at home , and my daughter enjoys following them as well. 

Now that the lovely summer holidays have come to an end, and the back to school season has already begun, coping up with the time may be little difficult for the moms , whose kids have just joined the school. So, it can be hard to get back into school routine for both the adults and the kids. To help you out , read through the list of the tips mentioned here and identify some strategies that you think could help you stay organized.

  1. Set up a bed time and a wake up time in advance , to be precise I let my daughter sleep in the noon for about 2 hours, and make sure to go to bed back again by 9pm, in this case she has sufficient sleep time , feels fresh when she wakes up at 5.15am . yes, its 5.15am, as her school bus picks her up at 6am.
  2. Plan healthy lunches and snacks, by planning meals at home, you are more likely to make healthy choices for your children. protein rich snacks, with fruits and vegetables and other wholesome items will make sure that the kids have the energy to tackle.
  3. Important : Talk about bullying ,with this world becoming digital, most of the children faces bullying, which sometimes lead to extreme cases. By talking with your children, you can ensure that they know how to talk properly to their classmates , teachers and other people around. Do make sure that your child knows that you will support them if they come to you.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For children 4 and above definitely needs to be advised  , and educated in a simple form as per their age, as we see and hear lot of things around !                                                 
  4. Ask your kids , feel free to ask them thoroughly all the happenings in school from the bus to school and to school back home. Remember, never ask them in a doubtful manner. Always show excitement and ask them in a polite manner . Here are few examples listed down below :  
  • How was your day ?
  • Did you have fun in the class?
  • Was anyone of your friend absent?
  • ‘what was the interesting session you had today?
  • How was the snack and lunch today ?
  • What was the boring session you had today?
  • Do you any assignments to do ?
  • Is there any notifications for the parents? and lot more…

In this case, you are building a good friendly rapport with your child and this can be continued till their teens. 

5. Always establish a “family time” whether it is during the dinner or before the bed time.

6. Schedule a time for their own activities like playing or watching TV. At the same time schedule a study time, as low as just 15-20 mins , for a Kindergarten kids as well. Keeping this practice, makes them feel responsible , dedicated and committed to their studies, as they grow up and study in different grades.

7. Create a dedicated space for your kids to store their school supplies. Make sure to clean up the place , if it is messy. In this way they learn to organize their things well.

8. Have your kids set realistic goals for the new academic year. for an example to read 10 stories. 

9. Establish rules , as once they are back from school, where they should put lunch boxes, keep their school bags, shoes & socks, etc., this way they learn to be well disciplined and remember , discipline starts from home.

10. Tell your kids not or never to bring any one’s things from school or take any sort of unnecessary things to school other than their books or stationery. 

Always be positive to them , encourage them more and more , stand by them even if they make a mistake, as they will learn from their mistakes. Having a quite and peaceful morning atmosphere allows you and your family  to have a calm and stress free day. 

These are the few things that I personally follow and I am happy to share my thoughts with all the lovely moms out there. Always be confident, help them , appreciate them, and am sure all our kids will be in great shape. 

( From the pretty picture posted above, is my daughter’s all time favourite Frozen with the beautiful Anna & Elsa. Kudos to BigMouth, UAE for gifting my daughter with one of her most loved school supplies, and she is having a great time at school).

xoxo

priya 

 

Flavours of Food @ Rasoi Ghar , Dubai.

Hello everyone ! Wishing you a very happy weekend. Its time for another food review & this time its our royal feast at Rasoi Ghar, an authentic Vegetarian Restaurant, inspired from Gujarati and Rajasthani cuisine. 

As you might know, that we are  Vegetarians so we are super excited to talk about the complete vegetarian treat that we had yesterday. yalla…

The moment we went inside the restaurant, we had a warm welcome by Ms. Puja. Though it was on a weekend  on a busy evening, she was immediately able to find us a place and make us first get settled. 

DINING EXPERIENCE : The place had a traditional set up, where you can remove your slippers and sit with your legs folded, on a relaxed cushion and enjoy your meal. It really made me feel like Ghar ka Kaana , and I totally relished the dining experience.

The ambience of the restaurant was so good, and I loved the Indian set up so much. They had some great Indian art works on their wall.

IMG-20170916-WA0012 

About The Food : We were first served with a refreshing Nimbu Pudina Sharbat, ( Lemonade  with Mint) , as a welcome drink. And we were hosted by Mr. Satish, who took complete care of us till we finished our yummy meal. And What we loved is  ” Each time when an item is served, we were told what the item was , and it was highly appreciable.”

It’s a 3 course meal : 

  • Appetizers
  • Breads , Dal & Kadhi, Rice
  • Sweets

Doesn’t it sound something mouthwatering ?

The total spread is absolutely massive, and each items was served in a good adequate quantity, without thinking of wasting the food.

IMG-20170916-WA0006

For the Appetizers :

  • Tirangi dhokla
  • Barsa Dola
  • Kachori chat with accompanying sweet chutney & spicy green chutney.

IMG-20170916-WA0005

The Dhokla was cooked very soft and it tasted absolutely delicious. The Barsa Dola had lot of stuffed veggies and it was my personal favorite in appetizers, and kachori chat with dahi was very mild and thank god, it was not too sour nor over sweet. 

Moving on to The Main Course :

The Side dishes include : Paneer kofta , Bindi sambariya , Aloo Patal bhaji  and Chowli Masala. Out of these 4 , the paneer kofta was incredible , super tasty. I loved the Bindi Sambariya, as it did not contain much of masalas and the taste of bindi was overwhelming. Aloo Patal bhaji had 3-4 chunks of Aloo, cooked on a gravy with variety of spices and trust me the spices was accurate! Neither too spicy nor too normal. 

IMG-20170916-WA0008

IMG-20170916-WA0009

Marwadi Dal , Gujarati Dal , Marwadhi Kadhi– out of these dals, the marwadhi kadhi was my personal favorite. I am a huge fan of kadhi as it has the sweet & spicy flavors. The marwadhi Dal was bit spicy, and I still loved it. The dal was cooked perfectly without being too thick nor too runny. And I can hardly see any oils oozing from inside. I felt it they were a perfect & healthy option. 

These were complimenting with the delicious mixed  vegetables stuffed paratha , puri and ghee phulka. The tiny puris was my little daughter’s favorite. The phulks was very soft and smeared with desi ghee – it was  va va voom !

IMG-20170916-WA0007
Who doesnt love Masala Papad ? It tasted simply superb !

IMG-20170916-WA0011

And no Indian Meal is complete without rice. Veg dum Pulao , Kichadi and white rice. We preferred kichadi and veg dum pulao.  The pulao was mild spiced with the basic whole spices and not that heavy vegetables. I am basically a lover of pulao, and I enjoyed it.

Talking about the quantity, it was perfect !!!! They were served in a small round platter that would be perfectly fine for a person. The kichadi was normal and it was my least favorite to be called for. 

And every meal has to have a sweet ending, and so it is !

The Sweets :

IMG-20170916-WA0010

The sweets were the best. Being hailing from a traditional Indian Brahmin family, where the sweets are the most important part of the dish, these kept up to the mark. They were fresh , mouthwatering and it certainly gives you the craving to have more and more.

They include a Malai Sandwich , Mixed nut halwa and Jalebi. No words to explain as how good they tasted ! They were the best of best ! The total meal ended up with a glass of chilled chaas which completely awesome. 

If you’re familiar with Gujarati & Rajasthani , you shouldn’t miss this place. If you aren’t then do give a try as they serve you with an authentic taste and they taste exactly the way  it should. 

Reiterating , one of the best royal feast we ever had.

Kudos to the chef, and to Mr. Satish for serving us well . Will be back soon with another tasty adventure.

Till then, stay calm and eat ! 

Follow them on Instagram : @rasoigharuae.

I am definitely looking forward to visit them once again very soon !

xoxo

priya 

REVIEW : PALMER’S SHEA FORMULA MOISTURE REPAIR RAW SHEA SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER.

I often experience dull, dry, frizz and lackluster hair for days. I try to use different shampoo and conditioner along with the hair serums & styling products that gives some shine to my hair. But after trying a shampoo & conditioner, from the Shea range, it was a total game changer for me. Continue to read on how I revitalize my hair from boring to full of life again. 

 

shampoo & conditioner

Palmer’s Shea formula moisture repair raw Shea shampoo & conditioner :

The first thing that I noticed from the packaging is that both the products contain no sulfates , parabens or mineral oil.

Its common that most of the shampoos contain sulfates or otherwise called as Sodium Laurel sulfate , SLS. However sulfates are too effective and it can dry the scalp, and people like me having an existing dry hair issue, using these kind of shampoos worsen them.

MY EXPERIENCE WITH PALMER’S RAW SHEA MOISTURE SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER:

The raw Shea butter included in this range is sustain ably resourced in West Africa, and its well known for its rich and super moisturizing properties. And this shampoo helps to enhance the shine and replenish moisture. If your hair is colored, then absolutely you don’t have to worry, these babies got you covered.  I absolutely loved the smell of the duo, and it can be tolerable to the ones who feel its quite overwhelming. 

MAIN INGREDIENTS :

  • RAW SHEA BUTTER – It deeply moisturizes and repairs.
  • ARGAN OIL – It adds lot of shine.
  • GRAPE SEED OIL – Prevents dullness and protects the color on your hair.

UPON SHAMPOOING & CONDITIONING :

This shampoo gently cleanses my hair and it leaves my hair look well nourished. The shampoo is free from parabens , dyes and silicone and as it contains the raw Shea , it has helped me to tame my frizz hair. I also have a dry scalp, using this twice- thrice a week, it helps to get rid of that dryness giving them a hydration to the hair, and keep them moisturized. 

I prefer to leave the conditioner for about two minutes on the wet hair. This conditioner helps to remove the product build up, and the raw Shea, argan oil and grape seed oil helps to clean and leave my hair feeling refreshed. This conditioner doesn’t weigh down my hair, but is great for leaving hair feeling soft, smooth and restores moisture loss.

However the  shine is seen from using it twice a week.

STYLING : Styling is quite easy after using this. Once i blow dry, the hair becomes very soft and due to its texture, i feel that my hair looks very clean and blow drying or flat ironing or curling them are so easy! 

And above all, they both come in a large 473 ml bottles which will last you quite a while.

Here are few tips , to get that silky , clean hair while using a Sulfate free shampoo :

  1. Thoroughly wet your hair before applying sulfate free shampoo.
  2. Use less product than you think.
  3. Apply more water, instead of more product, the water will help activate the shampoo and spread it through your hair. 
  4. shampoo twice.
  5. Rinse your hair thoroughly.

WOULD I USE THEM AGAIN ?  Yes, definitely.

WHERE CAN I BUY THEM ? They are still not available in the UAE, soon this amazing product is going to hit all the stores. 

HOW MUCH ARE THEY PRICED AT ? Priced at $26, for the duo. And is currently available in the Amazon US and other US and UK stores. 

Being the brand ambassador, of Palmer’s  this product was sent to me for personal use and for the purpose of reviewing them , however all my opinions are honest , tried & tested !

Until then,

xoxo

priya 

 

I Trust Himalaya !

Hello everyone, hope you are all having a fabulous day ! Reading the topic, i know you might be little weird, as I have just stated as ” I Trust Himalaya”.

Yes, I trust himalaya ! Not just I am pretty impressed by their face care range or the hair care range, definitely by their  wellness range.  Long story short, for the past 6 months, I faced lot of immunity issues, especially frequent cold, cough , tonsillitis infection, ear pain and lots, and often gets cured after having antibiotics .

But not  now anymore, my struggle has come to an end, and I feel so happy to always sip my favorite smoothies or juices even cold. All that I had was one tablet called  SEPTILIN from Himalaya.

What is SEPTILIN ?

Himalaya Herbal Remedies manufactures Septilin tablets and Septilin syrup. These medications build up the immune system’s resistance and have anti-inflammatory properties to help the body fight against chronic infections. Septilin is intended as a natural alternative to chemical antibiotics and contains a preventive formulation that stimulates the formation of antibodies, promotes wound healing, and helps relieve pain through its analgesic properties. 

Why SEPTILIN ?

Septilin syrup and tablets are intended as a daily health supplement, especially for people who are prone to infection. They are also indicated in the treatment of upper and lower respiratory tract infections allergies of the upper respiratory tract, infections and inflamed conditions of the skin and soft tissue, mouth  and eye infections.

What is it formulated with ?

Septilin ingredients were blended based on the principles of Ayurvedic Medicine. This ancient Eastern traditional form of healing originated from India. Ayurveda makes use of the healing properties derived from nature, like plants, animals and minerals. 

  • Amalakki or Amla or Indian Gooseberry is the common ingredient in most immunity boosting supplements. It is well known for its great Vitamin C content. It also has other benefits such as improving the skin, blood purification and liver rejuvenation.
  • Maharsnadi quath is an Ayurvedic herb used to improve the functioning of bones, muscles, joints and nerves.
  • Guduchi helps in reducing fever and allergic symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, etc. It is an anti-microbial which helps in building the body’s immunity.

My personal experience on this : I have been taking this supplement continuously for about 60 days, and so far I have not experienced any side effects. 

It can be used to build immunity when struck by fever, cold, swine flu, sore throat, etc. However, do not expect an instant relief. Recovering from flu for instance, would still need the 3-5 days of rest and enough water intake, etc. Septilin could only give a boost to your immunity during the recovery. I have used it in a preventive way too by using it when people around me would have infections. Septilin provides a potent combination of herbs at an affordable cost and a good immunity boosting option.

Recommended Use :  In tablet form, septilin is recommended to be taken at one to two tablets twice daily, while septilin syrup dosage is placed at two to three teaspoonfuls two times a day after meals. As with any medication, however, it is advisable to consult your doctor for the best dosage based on your individual condition. 

I feel very safe now and I don’t hesitate to have any chilled foods ! To all the above reasons stated, I trust Himalaya !

Do you know about this ? Have you ever taken this before? Do share your experiences with me …

xoxo

priya 

 

How Many Makeup Brushes Do You Actually Need ???

Hello everybody, hope you are all having a fabulous day ! Have you heard your friends, well wishers, make up artists , influencer , bloggers, say ” Always get your hands on the best beauty tools ! or Invade in the best tools of your trade!”

“NO MATTER HOW ARTISTIC A PERSON IS, WITHOUT QUALITY TOOLS & PRODUCTS, EVEN A GENIUS LIKE MICHELANGELO WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PAINT THE SISTINE CHAPEL. – KEVIN AU COIN , the top makeup artist and author, from his book Face Forward”.

I often get asked about makeup brushes. How many do you actually need? Which ones do what? Do you have to spend a fortune on them?  No, you don’t need to spend a fortune on them. As for how many you actually need, well, that depends on what you want to do and how skilled you are with your fingers. Some people are perfectly happy to apply their makeup with their fingers from start to finish. 

If you  are someone who likes to use brushes, however, here are the brushes I believe to be the most useful. The 8 set of brushes from T’Ple Professional , to be pronounced as Tee Plee.

brush full
T’ple Professional Brush Set

And to give you an insight of these brushes, they come as a set of 8 brushes, needed for a flawless makeup, along with a brush case.

Let’s talk about the incredibly chic brush case. A super cool chocolate brown with a rose gold zipper pole, and a small zipper pole at the inner side of the case makes it super convenient while on the go, or to keep them on your vanity counter. 

brush case
A chic case ❤

The brushes are made from synthetic fibers that wont shed on your face mid-application. And the best part is, the whole set consists of 5 face brushes and 3 eye brushes. And i always believe that its not that particular ,  the  type of specific brush has to be used for a specific place. Sometimes i feel to use else where, which is for other parts in makeup, that shows how efficient the brushes are designed. 

These brushes are soft and they have a good finish. Each brushes was individually packed inside the case.

face brush
Face Brushes

 

Continue reading “How Many Makeup Brushes Do You Actually Need ???”

What’s in my Travel make up bag?

Hi loves, hope you are all doing well ! for the next 40 days, I am going to be in India, my hometown for holidays. I am so happy for this travel, as I am going to get united with both my families again. yay !

I love travel and packing. Just the thought of deciding which eyeliner, lipstick or powder  to take or leave behind is enough to give me anxiety. So I usually pack a week before  to tackle.

I am not going to carry much eyeshadow palette or blush palette with me, I am going to be taking less of palettes, which will be coming up in the next post.

travel essentials

But for the use of my full face makeup on normal days as well as on special ocassions, these entire makeup is highly sufficient for me. By the way, the cute little makeup case is for the picture purpose only. I always carry them in a clear case bag.

PRODUCTS THAT I CHOOSE : 

  • Makeup Brushes : I chose a contour brush , round buffer brush , a powder brush and a bronzer brush, and a mini angled brush. 
  • Primer : Gosh skin adapt or for the entire face for a long lasting makeup, and Maybelline Baby skin, to hide those pores and a setting spray from Misslyn. 
  • Foundation : Chanel perfection Lumiere for a light coverage  & healthy glow , while the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD stick for a high coverage, on special occasions.
  • Powder : Misslyn’s Fix me matte setting powder  to set the make up , Gosh banana powder to brighten the under eyes upon concealer and Chanel powder to have a healthy glow.
  • Concealer : Sephora creamy concealer – the best one for conceal , and highlight. 
  • Eye Products : The best ever Karaja Lash list mascara, Karaja king kohl eyeliner black , Max Factor eyeliner in green to give a pop of color to the eye look, Sephora Telescopic mascara, and karaja 3D smoky gel liner – for a multipurpose use, for an smokey eye look, or a liner .
  • Brows : Keeping it completely simple , the most trusted product ever , Anastasia Beverly hills dip brow pomade in medium brown, water proof, what else do i need ?
  • Contour & Highlight  : Smash box contour powder in Sun Tan matte & Gosh lumi drops in peach, perfect duo !
  • Lips : Trust me, this was the most difficult one to choose, but i made it . MAC Ruby woo for a bold red , Sephora cream lip stain , shade 4 for a purple kind of color , Arcancil Rose Grenade for a pink mauve , ( can be used as a Blush ),  NYX Butter Gloss in  Praline for a nude , and YSL Rouge voluptuous shine in 02 berry, EOS Lip balm.
  • Nails : Misslyn diamond lacquers , CND vinylux .
  • Perfumes : Victoria secret Bombshell Roller Ball , Zara Red Vanilla perfume.
  • Moisturizer : Nuxe Prodigieuse Day & Night cream. 

And a Loccitane  Hand cream to keep my hands well moisturized . 

I wanted to keep as simple as it could be, however sometimes I end up in not using these as well because of time factors & other appointments. My other travel essentials will be posted very soon ! 

until next post,

xoxo

priya